Omac #1

¬†OMAC or O.M.A.C. to be more traditional is originally a creation of Jack Kirby when he was at DC Comics. O.M.A.C. stood for One Man Army Corps and took place in a dystopian future. We’ll have to wait to see if it still does.

The new OMAC tries to keep the feel of Kirby’s art, but instead of simply imitating the style, they’ve infused it with Giffen’s style to make it something unique. The two styles really blend well together, but you can still see both in the art. It is unfortunate or maybe appropriate that the entire first issue is one of confusion.

The reader can sort of figure out what is going on, but the main character, the supporting characters, the members of Cadmus and OMAC all seem confused throughout the issue. That seems to be par for the course with Giffen, but I wasn’t really expecting OMAC to be a “wacky” Giffen book.

We do get introduced to Cadmus and the cover organization for Cadmus, but we’re not really given many clues about who or what is behind Cadmus, if Cadmus is good, but subverted or simply bad to begin with. OMAC smashes his way through the cover business and into the underground HQ of Cadmus at the direction of a disembodied voice. The voice says it was once part of Cadmus, but has been cast out and needs access to the mainframe.

It seems quaint that the main computer system would be a mainframe, but I suppose the author needed something familiar and monolithic as a target. This mainframe has more stability and redundancy than any system I could imagine since, when OMAC is denied access through the system’s ports, he rips the top half of the computer off and gains access by plunging his arms into what’s left below. An odd emergency interface at best.

At the end, we see that OMAC is controlled, as he should be, by the satellite Brother Eye. This incarnation has Brother Eye seemingly created by Cadmus and OMAC created by Brother Eye. Origin stories will come later, presumably. I’m glad that this time Brother Eye was not created by Batman, though I suppose that is still a possibility. I’d been thinking it’d be nice if at least one of the new titles started in the middle of a story instead of at the beginning and this one looks like it fits the bill. While I tend to like Giffen’s writing I’m going to want some coherence soon or I don’t think I’ll continue picking up this title.

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